I admit it. I hate being rejected, really who likes likes it? When it comes to my craft/art, it stings. It is personal. This is my art. this is a part of me, my personality, my life. When a major art show rejects me, I understand, maybe the judges wanted more Art, less craft, more ,contemporary, I accept that. When a group of my peers forming a local co-op of potters and jewelry artists rejects me because my work is "cute" and doesn't fit into there idea of art, that hurts. I wanted to be able to contribute and teach others what I know. There are only a handful of artists working in colored porcelain in the country. I know techniques that I am more than willing to share. I would like to be around other artists, for inspiration, to bounce ideas off of one another.Not artWhy is a pot thrown on a wheel, or a beaded bracelet more artsy than a hand built critter ? I will tell you why, art hates cute. If its cute, it does not belong in any form of an art show. If I made colorful yellow and red dogs, and put pink polka dots on them, it is art.Does that make sense to the real world? It is an unusual world the artists live in. I guess to them I am an outsider, despite the fact I have been making a living at this for over 15 years, I have never belonged to that exclusive network of being an artist. I will go back to working alone in my studio, licking my wounds, I will recover, tomorrow is another day, and I will continue to make what is true to my soul. I will be happy again, just give me a little time to recover from being rejected by my peers.